My rating: 10/10
Blue Valentine is the 2010 romantic drama which is written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Cage Fighter). The film starring and co- executive produced by both Ryan Gosling (Drive , Crazy Stupid Love) and Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain , My Week With Marilyn) depicts the breakdown of a relationship between a married couple.
The story line surrounds that of the couple, Dean Pereira (Gosling) and Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Heller (Williams) whose relationship gradually declines over the years. This is made clear through the audience being presented with the relationship at the current time and then being regularly shown flashbacks to illustrate how they were in the past.
Though some viewers may have found the film depressing, the film came across as very accurate in its portrayal of a marriage that was continually trying to be saved but with the events that had taken place, it did not seem possible – even with a child involved.
I felt that Williams and Gosling’s performances were very convincing and raw, making the film feel real. It comes as no surprise that both actors were nominated for awards including The Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’. The film was presented at Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) where it received mainly positive reviews and garnered the actors more attention from their roles. I will admit, I only watched this film because of Michelle Williams who is a favourite of mine; but as a result I now rate Ryan highly and can see what all the fuss was about with him as an actor.
The soundtrack to the film is lovely, with one of my favourite groups on it – Grizzly Bear. Also, Ryan Gosling contributed to it with songs that he had written himself.
Overall, I highly recommend this film to those who are interested in seeing how well these two actors stretch themselves in portraying peoples real life situations in a very convincing manner.